Thu May 05, 2005 12:56 pm
This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about all the news on Coney Island's Development, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion.
Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!
May 5th, 2005 - Coney Island Redevelopment Proposal - SEE BELOW!July 20th, 2005 - Historic B&B Carousell up for auctionSeptember 20th, 2005 - Joe Sitt's vision for Coney Island2006November 29th, 2006 - Astroland to close after the 2007 season2007November 8th, 2007 - NYC unveils their vision for Coney Island2008November 18th, 2008 - Municipal Arts Society unveils their vision for Coney IslandDecember 31st, 2008 - Astroland rides rumored to be going to Sydney Australia2009November 11th, 2009 - NYC to buy seven acres of Coney Island for $95.6 Million2010Jan 21st, 2010 - Zamperla USA chosen as park operatorFeb 1st, 2010 - New park to be called 'Luna park'Feb 16th, 2010 - Park to have 23 New Rides, Including New Roller Coasters, a Human Sling Shot and Go-KartsFeb 29th, 2010 - Ringling Brothers Circus returns to Coney IslandApril 19th, 2010 - Coney Island Cyclone gets a Twitter account!May 12th, 2010 - Judge sides with the city in redevelopment caseMay 12th, 2010 - New construction photosMay 19th, 2010 - Complete list of rides releasedJune 23rd, 2010 - Water Slide Beach opening near Steeplechase PierSeptember 21st, 2010 - Luna Park extends season to HalloweenNovember 2nd, 2010 - Zamperla decides which business' will stay or go2011January 20th, 2011 - Names announced for Scream Zone coastersJanuary 21st, 2011 - Zamperla to take over operation of the Cyclone!March 10th, 2011 - Deal reached with Coney Island 8 for lease extensionsApril 16th, 2011 - Scream Zone constructionNovember 10th, 2011 - B&B Carousell restoration, record crowds & expansions2012February 2nd, 2012 - GCI to reprofile CycloneFebruary 15th, 2012 - Coney Island hiring for the 2012 Summer seasonApril 5th, 2012 - 280 feet of Cyclone's track replaced during offseasonSeptember 17th, 2012 - Wonder Wheel boosters oppose new observation towerNovember 11th, 2012 - Coney Island after Hurricane SandyNovember 29th, 2012 - Zamperla wins rights to light up the Parachute JumpDecember 19th, 2012 - Coney Island businesses set speedy recovery plan2013January 20th, 2013 - Water Mania attraction being added to Coney IslandMay 26th, 2013 - Coney Island Zamperla lease extended thru 2027!May 27th, 2013 - Water Mania splash battle/teacups mashup ride added!June 10th, 2013 - Coney Island Thunderbolt to be "Reborn"June 17th, 2013 - New Coney Island Thunderbolt layout revealed!July 4th, 2013 - Parts of Iconic Astrotower are being removedAugust 14th, 2013 - Boy escapes from and jumps from Sea Serpent coaster at Deno'sDecember 19th, 2013 - NYC extends Luna Park lease until 2027, Wonder Wheel Park leases also expected to be renewed2014February 20th, 2014 - Coney Island Cyclone Retracking Construction Update!February 25th, 2014 - Thunderbolt lift hill & trains are being assembled!March 10th, 2014 - Thunderbolt ground breaking ceremony occursMay 20th, 2014 - Thunderbolt track work completedJune 15th, 2014 - Thunderbolt opens2015December 14, 2015: Thunderbolt, Wonder Wheel and B&B Carousell to be open free of charge New Year's Eve/Day2016August 27th, 2016 - mini-golf course (and slick track) built next to ScreamZone2017February 7th, 2016 - NYC opening up a few more parcels for amusements2018August 23rd, 2018 - Log flume, zip-line, ropes course & more announced!2019February 25th, 2019 - Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park owner Lula Vourderis passes away2020March 2nd, 2020 - New concept art released! Coaster, log flume & more!Original Post:
Here is a link to the article:http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/bro
Shiny, new Coney Island coming soon
May 4, 2005
Coney Island will join the city's legions of all that glitters if draft plans for massive renovations get a final go ahead.
Officials from the Coney Island Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled plans to rejuvenate the iconic seaside destination by revamping its amusement park, boardwalk and aquarium and adding stores, restaurants, movie theaters and arcades.
Artist's renderings of Surf Avenue transform the crumbling roadway from a drab and dumpy highway to a bustling strip draped with flashing neon signs, polished pedestrian walkways and finely manicured landscaping.
The boardwalk is slated for a luxury spa, boutiques and open-air sidewalk cafes. The aquarium is in line for a makeover along with the Children's Restaurant. Plans for a multicultural center are also in the works.
Developers hope the renovation plan, which is still a work in progress slated to be finalized this summer, will help the area evolve from a summer recreation site to a hub of year-round entertainment.
Though some have aired concerns the widespread overhaul could erase the historic flavor of Coney Island, beloved for its grit, grease and oddities, developers say they are keeping neighborhood authenticity in mind.
Renovation plans cover the areas between Neptune Avenue and the ocean and span from W. 37th Street to W. Fifth.
The Coney Island Development Corporation is a 13-member board formed in 2003. The group is comprised of city officials, local and Brooklyn-wide and business and community leaders.
Members of the group, charged with spearheading plans to revitalize the neighborhood, serve two-year terms.
What I find interesting is some of the artists renderings:
- And another "After"
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- One more "After"
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- Is it just me or have they drawn what looks like an Invertigo and a B&M??!?!
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- Ahh, so they are turning Coney Island into Freemont Street! =)
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- Here is the "Before" view.
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- Another "Before"
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- One more "Before"
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- An overall map of Coney Island
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Thu May 05, 2005 1:49 pm
I will still have my hand on my wallet when I get off the D train.
Thu May 05, 2005 2:47 pm
Hmm looks almost exactly like what they want to do with the Fair Park area here in Dallas. Adding 2 new coasters (wood and steel) and turn it into more of a retail money maker than rundown ghetto area it is. As long as they don't screw up the Parachute Tower, Wonder Wheel, Cyclone or Nathan's .. anything is fine with me.
Thu May 05, 2005 3:05 pm
Well NYC is "BIG".. so lets have a giant coaster or something added...
Thu May 05, 2005 3:07 pm
Keep in mind a proposal like this is probably going to spend an eternity in the bueracratic hell that is the New York State legislature. God help you if you can accomplish ANYTHING with this bickering government of ours.
It's still a very intriguing idea though. Even a retail moneymaker beats the hell out of a ghetto in my view.
Thu May 05, 2005 3:10 pm
It's good that they are planning to revamp Coney Island. I remeber going there a few years ago, and it was really sad what they had done to the place. Trash everywhere, and it was really all crappy and junk. Let's hope they do put in the Invertigo and B&M!
Sat May 07, 2005 6:59 pm
Anything but an Invertigo .. unless they are going for most painful ride records .. then hell do an Invertigo, SLC and more.
Sat May 07, 2005 7:47 pm
Besides those coaster drawings, it sounds like they're trying to turn it into a shopping/entertainment pier. It's still cool.
Mon May 09, 2005 1:41 pm
Shoot, I lived in Brooklyn all my life and despite of my love of Coney Island the way it is (nostalgic in a sense), the place can use the overhaul. I'm for it!
They better not tear down the Cyclone though!
Mon May 09, 2005 2:10 pm
I cant wait to ride TwoFace and Medusa at Coney Island!!!!!